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by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Mar 01, 2019 19:03 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Why am I more tired after a rest day?
Replies: 14
Views: 1688

Re: Why am I more tired after a rest day?

Feeling meh, and being unable to complete a session the day after a rest day, is, indeed extremely normal. in fact it's so common, i'd suggest that more than 70 % of cyclists experience this. Because this is such a common occurrence, many people have a recovery spin on their off day. Anecdotally, i...
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Feb 09, 2018 16:15 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly Commuter Stats
Replies: 7372
Views: 500716

Re: Silly Commuter Stats

by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Dec 08, 2017 22:30 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Standing up...
Replies: 59
Views: 7766

Re: Standing up...

So take a leaf out of the pro book and use power or heart rate FWIW, once I had a meter, it became almost too easy to pace a climb when comparing to doing it without a meter or a HRM. There was no more guess work. I know the route. I know it is an X% climb for so far and I should take about so long...
by DaxPlusPlus
Sat Jul 02, 2016 20:02 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Accurate weather forecast ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1620

Re: Accurate weather forecast ?

If it's very windy and unsettled than no forecast site is going to be able to tell you what's happening with much degree of accuracy. Or should I say the'll probably get the weather right but the timing wrong. I use xcweather to give me a hint of what might be happening in the next 24 hours or so bu...
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Apr 15, 2016 17:23 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Fake strava rides.
Replies: 40
Views: 6374

Re: Fake strava rides.

It's not about cheating, I'd imagine they care even less about the actual rides then normal users of strava, its about the challenge of breaking a system. Breaking some systems can offer up financial rewards too. For social networks the money is from gaining direct and novel access to real people.
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Apr 15, 2016 16:39 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Fake strava rides.
Replies: 40
Views: 6374

Re: Fake strava rides.

Wouldn't be surprised if someone is hacking strava to do what your saying .. there's some strange accounts out there. Just the other week I noticed a German rider log a ride near to me*, next day he logged ride in Spain and then back to Germany. Of course he could have done just that but seems a bit...
by DaxPlusPlus
Sun Dec 13, 2015 21:28 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Long commutes and recovery
Replies: 9
Views: 1837

Re: Long commutes and recovery

Having a power meter has made my pacing for a 5 day week real easy but you should be able to manage that with a HRM. Stick to those zones, have easy days, surf the tailwinds etc. I also hold back on Mondays when it's easy to get carried away with burning up the fresh legs. Then consider how you can...
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Nov 06, 2015 20:44 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Coping with the conditions
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Coping with the conditions

Go at a speed that you can relax at .. don't worry about how fast it is. In these weather sometimes very slow is exactly the right speed. Unfortunately with a bike you have to make your choice of speed before you encounter the mud\leaves\gravel. If you do unexpectedly hit bad conditions travelling q...
by DaxPlusPlus
Sun Oct 18, 2015 21:27 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Recovery days/weeks: I just go backwards without refreshment
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: Recovery days/weeks: I just go backwards without refresh

Looking at your strava profile it looks like that from March onwards you've ramped up your monthly miles\elevation .. and you mention that you recently started to put in 1 or 2 rest days per week. Might be a little bit too late and you're now feeling knackered from the last 6 months of increased wor...
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Newbie to Winter Commuting Wear - Layers- Jackets vs Jerseys
Replies: 20
Views: 3287

Re: Newbie to Winter Commuting Wear - Layers- Jackets vs Jer

.. A gilet is a must have item, useful all year round. Put it on first thing in a morning to keep the chill of your chest. A variety of baselayers is a good idea, short sleeve and long sleeve. Arm warmers and knee/leg warmers. Oversocks are a good choice at this time - more to keep rain and crap fr...
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Cotswolds and Rapha Heritage
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Cotswolds and Rapha Heritage

Here you go .. a few hills: https://www.strava.com/routes/2266683
by DaxPlusPlus
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: The IDEAL bike commute distance
Replies: 62
Views: 2494

Re: The IDEAL bike commute distance

... It's an area of the world I don't know well other than racing at Castle Combe We do Combe on bikes too - Summer Race series (which has just finished) and Easter Classic (https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/124592/Castle-Combe-Easter-Classic). I'm based in Tetbury .. I know there's ...
by DaxPlusPlus
Sun Aug 09, 2015 16:04 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: The IDEAL bike commute distance
Replies: 62
Views: 2494

Re: The IDEAL bike commute distance

Welcome to the Cotswolds - it's a great place to ride. I do a 22 mile commute which takes approx 90 minutes but I do need to take rest days. I'd say 90 minutes is probably the max I'd want to take but I do regularly extend it. I've cycled the lanes around the Cotswolds for the last 4 years and I'm ...
by DaxPlusPlus
Sat Aug 08, 2015 23:05 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: The IDEAL bike commute distance
Replies: 62
Views: 2494

Re: The IDEAL bike commute distance

Welcome to the Cotswolds - it's a great place to ride. I do a 22 mile commute which takes approx 90 minutes but I do need to take rest days. I'd say 90 minutes is probably the max I'd want to take but I do regularly extend it. I've cycled the lanes around the Cotswolds for the last 4 years and I'm s...
by DaxPlusPlus
Mon May 11, 2015 22:06 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Can't ride at the front of a group.
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Can't ride at the front of a group.

Learn to pace yourself better. Don't go so far into the red that you drop off the back after your turn at the front. If your getting dropped on climbs then don't do so much work before them. For sure you do need to get to the front - you won't get fitter just sitting in the group - but manage your e...
by DaxPlusPlus
Mon May 11, 2015 21:54 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Commuting and training
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Commuting and training

Treat your commutes as opportunities to train. But training requires that you sit down and: 1. identify what you want to achieve 2. What's stopping you achieving it .. ie what are you weaknesses. 3. Come up with a plan to address those weaknesses. 4. Measure your progress and go back to step 1 on a ...
by DaxPlusPlus
Thu Apr 09, 2015 21:36 pm
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: 4th Cat Circuit Race prep
Replies: 18
Views: 3150

Re: 4th Cat Circuit Race prep

Remember the phrase "race what you can afford to replace" re the wheels :-)

Good luck, stay out of trouble and have fun.
by DaxPlusPlus
Wed Apr 08, 2015 21:02 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Older Dudes, Personal Experience Please
Replies: 38
Views: 3419

Re: Older Dudes, Personal Experience Please

I don't know your situation financially, but an alternative perspective would be to put the money towards trips to the mountains. Whilst I love cycling around the lanes of Britain, by far and away my best memories on a bike have been cycling in Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. So if I only h...
by DaxPlusPlus
Thu Mar 12, 2015 22:37 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Heart rate zones (am I training too hard?)
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Heart rate zones (am I training too hard?)

If you have to climb hills while trying to stay to zones then you have to take it real slow to start with. But it can be done - just pay attention to what your HR is doing. It's pretty amazing how quickly your HR will respond to even the slightest of ascents. Just monitor it and back off it starts c...

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